Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree or minor in music must apply for admission to Ball State and the School of Music. Criteria for admission and scholarship consideration include outstanding performance at an audition and at least one recommendation letter (PDF) by someone in the music profession. International students must apply through the Rinker Center for International Programs.
Music students must demonstrate proficiency in one or more of the following: keyboard, symphonic instruments (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion), guitar, voice, or harp.
At the audition, you'll take a music theory exam and aural skills exam in order to determine your readiness for college-level music theory and ear training. You'll also take a piano diagnostic exam for placement. Transfer students must be tested individually in both sight-singing and written theory before they can be placed. Learn more about undergraduate placement exams.
For all program requirements, consult the Ball State University Undergraduate Catalog, or the Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs in Music.
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